Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.


"Praise undeserved is satire in disguise." - Henry Broadhurst

"The nearer my approach to the end, the plainer is the sound of immortal symphonies of worlds which invite me. It is wonderful yet simple. It is a fairy tale; it is history. For half a century I have been translating my thoughts into prose and verse; history, philosophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode and song; all of these I have tried. But I feel that I haven’t given utterance to the thousandth part of what lies within me. When I go to the grave I can say as others have said, “My day’s work is done.” But I cannot say, “My life is done.” My day’s work will recommence the next morning. the tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare. It closes upon the twilight, but opens upon the dawn." - Victor Hugo

"A jealous man is very quick in his application: he knows how to find a double edge in an invective, and to draw a satire on himself out of a panegyrick on another." - Joseph Addison

"Art should be a satire and a warning against our paralyzed emotions, our devitalized thinking and our denaturalized living. It teaches us unsophistication in a sophisticated world. It should restore to us health and sanity caused by too much mental activity. It should sharpen our senses, re-establish the connection between our reason and our human nature, and assemble the ruined parts of a dislocated life again into a whole, by restoring our original nature." - Lin Yutang

"Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes. What a satire is this on government! Everywhere they think they get their money’s worth, except for these." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I advocate the arts of satire and of ridicule. And I see no other living art form for the future. Ridicule is the only honourable weapon we have left." - Muriel Spark, fully Dame Muriel Sarah Camberg Spark

"An emancipated society, on the other hand, would not be a unitary state, but the realization of universality in the reconciliation of differences." - Theodor W. Adorno, born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund

"I just want it to look like nothing else in the world. And it should be surrounded by a train." - Walt Disney, fully Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" - Walt Disney, fully Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

"It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet." - Washington Irving

"The consolations of space are nameless things. It was after the neurosis of winter. It was in the genius of summer that they blew up the statue of Jove among the boomy clouds. It took all day to quieten the sky and then to refill its emptiness again." - Wallace Stevens

"So be sweet and kind to mother now and then, have a chat! Buy her candy or some flowers or a brand-new hat. But maybe you best let it go at that! Or you may find yourself with a quite complex/" - Tom Lehrer, fully Thomas Andrew Lehrer

"A Corinthian, a lad of mettle, a good boy. King Henry IV. Part I. Act ii. Sc. 4." -